Oxfordshire recognised with recycling award for repair café programme

Oxfordshire County council has won an award for recycling electricals in recognition of repair cafés they funded via the CAG network between November 2017 – 2018. Together, a network of 49 electrical repair cafes worked to save nearly two tonnes of TVs, radios, toasters, and other electronic items from being thrown away, helping over 1,500 residents use their items again.

One of our repair café events

We were pleased to be involved in this effort and to continue to run Repair Cafés on an ongoing basis. Our next event is 1st September at Makespace in Jericho and there’s also a Rose Hill repair cafe on 3rd August, along with others around the county. You can of course repair more than just electricals – keep an eye on our website as we confirm which services we’ll be able to offer at the next event.

Volunteer demo evening, Weds 10 July

Their pressure washer has been in high demand because of the warmer weather.
Photo credit: ITV News

We need more friendly volunteers to help us run the Library of Things and to expand our opening hours, so we can help even more people to borrow instead of buy.

No experience is necessary, so if you’re enthusiastic and you can spare a few hours per week we’d love to hear from you. You can read more about the role here, but if you want a real flavour of what’s involved, come along to our information and demo session on Wednesday 10th July from 6-7pm.

Please get in touch at libraryofthings@shareoxford.org if you plan to attend, so we have an idea of numbers. If you can’t make it to the event but you’re interested in volunteering please also email us or drop in during our opening hours and we’ll be delighted to tell you more.

Long weekend ahead…

… and nice weather so far. So we have featured items that you might want for going away and spending some time out in the open – camping or whatever – on our catalogue. Have a look and see how we can help you have some things that might make it possible here.

Or maybe you’ll want to garden, or go out on the canal in a canoe, or get on with the DIY… Lots of stuff in the Library to keep you out of trouble.

More media and some upcoming events

Library of Things ITV feature

You may have spotted us on ITV News last week! If you missed it, you can still catch the video here. We’ve also spoken on a couple of radio shows in other parts of Europe.

Come and see us!

We are of course always very happy to have you pop in to see us at Makespace during our usual opening hours but there are some additional exciting opportunities coming up:

  • Guilty Feminist Live Show – Oxford, 19th June (tickets required) – We’re appearing in a panel discussion at the Guilty Feminist live show this Sunday where we’ll be talking about what we do in both the Library of Things and the Repair Cafés, alongside representatives from other local groups doing great things. You can buy tickets here (note the live shows are not being recorded for their podcast).
  • Big Green Day Out – Oxford, Saturday 8th June (free) – We will have a stall at the Big Green Day Out, and we’d love to see you there! Find out more about the event here.
  • Oxfordshire Zero Waste Festival – Oxford, 16th June (free) – We are supporting this event where you’ll find a repair café, swap shop, food surplus café and more! Find out more here.

SHARE Oxford Annual General Meeting – 9 May

May 9th (Thursday) 2019, 6.30pm- 8.30pm
Makespace, 1 Aristotle Lane, OX2 6LP

All Library and Repair Café volunteers, borrower members of the Library, and representatives of financial supporters of SHARE Oxford are invited to attend this AGM. Please let us know if you intend to attend, in order for us to plan better by emailing libraryofthings@shareoxford.org

  • The meeting will start at 6.30pm with a short update on the status and progress of the Library of Things and the Repair Cafes by Maurice Herson and Alex Mates.
  • The formal business of the Meeting will then include:
    • presentation of the provisional accounts for financial year 2018/19.
    • Election and/or confirmation of the officers of SHARE Oxford (Chair [currently Alex] and Treasurer [currently Maurice], potentially Secretary). If you are interested in putting yourself forward for one of these roles – or would just like to see what they involve – please email  libraryofthings@shareoxford.org
  • The rest of the meeting will be spent in a discussion of future possibilities for SHARE Oxford, such as:
    • other activities consistent with the vision of SHARE Oxford which we might take on; 
    • considerations for the continuity, frequency etc. of the Repair Cafes; 
    • considerations for the location of the Library after Makespace; 
    • partnerships we might seek; 
    • (if there is time) the nature of ‘membership’ of SHARE Oxford;
    • and any other strategic considerations brought up by attendees.

If you would like to see SHARE Oxford’s Constitution, please email requesting it; copies will also be available at the meeting.

National media coverage

Last week, we were delighted to be the principal feature in the Guardian’s article on the global Library of Things movement, alongside mentions for some of our friends in other LoTs around the UK and the world. Keep an eye out for more coverage in the media coming very soon!

Photo credit: Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi/The Guardian